Monday, November 24, 2008
Someone Else in History
If I could not be myself and had to choose to be a well-known historical figure instead, I think I would choose to be Harriet Beecher Stowe.
She did work that made a great difference in the world: work that nourished her own spirit and the spirits of others.
She had a full life, including a marriage and seven children (though only three of them survived her). While it may have been terribly painful to lose so many children, I consider it preferable to the spinster life that other literary women sometimes led.
She lived in a time that was beginning to be reasonably comfortable (no drafty medieval castles for me!). I think this final reason is a sign that I am just around the corner from middle age. :-)
How about you? Whose life would you choose?